According to the latest poll by NBC and the Wall Street Journal, Ted Cruz has pulled ahead of Donald Trump in the race for the Republican nomination nationally.
The NBC/WSJ poll shows Cruz with a 2 percent lead on Trump, leading him 28 percent to 26 percent.
Marco Rubio pulls in at third with 17 percent.
Since the early primary states, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul and Jim Gilmore are just a few of the names to leave the Republican primary field.
The Washington Post notes that most of their support has gone to either John Kasich or Ted Cruz and that Trump has only been able to benefit slightly from the narrowing field, according to the NBC/WSJ poll.
However, if you go by RealClearPolitics, the NBC/WSJ poll is an aberration. According to the numbers gathered from a variety of polls, Donald Trump is leading the Republican field by 12.8 points.
Despite Trumps lead in the polls, he is not leading in favorability.
Those who responded to the NBC/WSJ poll viewed Rubio the most favorably, with 70 percent of respondents saying they could see themselves voting for him. Trump falls to fourth place in this category behind Cruz and Carson.
[The Hill] [NBC] [RealClearPolitics] [The Washington Post]